A week ago, I went into the studio with Kenyatta and Jack to practice making portraits and using lighting.
We experimented with different poses and lighting techniques.
Ky reminded me of a simple truth to photography: capturing your subject in the most honest way. I tried to only use photographs that showed who Ky was (this was the question we kept asking ourselves during the shoot) – who are we capturing within our photos.
Studying your subject’s movements is an important part in capturing their true personality within a photograph. Sure – you can make a standard portrait with someone smiling back at you vacantly, or you can study them. Finding the true person behind the lens is a challenge most photographer’s face when making portraits that speak or have life.
And then Ky moved her camera to her face, covering her mouth. I felt this was one of the most intimate shots of the day. Sometimes photographers aren’t the most sociable people, and a camera replaces their words. They can create rich worlds of color or scenes that need no explanation in an image.
Ky showed us that day the importance of capturing a person’s true self in an image and not just an image that is a replication of reality.